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"Painting the Tape"

Painting the tape is slang for making a purchase of a nominal amount of shares, usually at the beginning or end of the trading day, at a high price in order to make it appear that the shares are trading higher or to close on a high note. See a link to a recent SEC Enforcement case if you see a trade for a ridiculously small dollar amount such as $20 at the end of the trading day, someone is painting the tape.